May 1st, 2010
11:11 AM ET
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'Enough is enough,' Republican says of Dems' agenda

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Michigan, used this week's Republican internet and radio address to slam several initiatives championed by President Obama and congressional Democrats - including the recently passed health care law, the $800 billion stimulus package, and the financial regulatory reform bill currently under consideration by the Senate.

(Read Hoekstra's complete remarks after the jump)

Remarks of Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Michigan
Weekly Republican Address
May 1, 2010

“Hi – I’m Congressman Pete Hoekstra from Michigan. Today, President Obama will deliver the commencement address at the University of Michigan, my alma mater. This is a moment filled with optimism and pride – for both the graduates and their families. I join with Michiganders across the state in welcoming President Obama to our home.

“We also welcome the opportunity to show the President – first hand – the painful plight of the people of Michigan. Like countless Americans, they face fewer jobs and fewer opportunities today than when he took office. The Democrats have run Congress since 2007, and yet when the residents of Michigan and across America ask themselves are they better off now than they were four years ago, the answer is – inevitably – ‘no.’

“The problem is worst among our young people. Many of the graduates President Obama will address will soon learn first-hand how tough it is to find a job in this economy. In fact, the share of young Americans out of work – 37 percent, to be exact – is the highest it’s been in more than 50 years.

“Americans are asking ‘where are the jobs?’ Washington’s answer, ‘trust us,’ rings as hollow today as it did a year ago, and a year before that. In Michigan and in Washington, sprawling government expansion has weighed heavily on the backs of people already pushed to the breaking point.

“Enough is enough. We simply can’t go on like this. That’s why Republicans have proposed smart, common-sense solutions to create jobs, reduce spending, and clear the way for American opportunity and ingenuity to lead us to a better future.

“But Democrats in Washington have repeatedly chosen to go it alone with their partisan, big-government, tax-borrow-and-spend agenda. We saw it with the economic stimulus spending, the-cap and-trade bill, with health care, and we’re now seeing it again with the bailout bill President Obama and Democrats are trying to rush through Congress.

“The American people have spoken loud and clear: They’ve told us ‘No more bailouts. Never again.’ We’ve heard you, and that’s why Republicans have been working in good faith to guarantee this legislation would protect taxpayers from being forced to bail out Wall Street banks yet again.

“Of course, we’ve seen this tired partisan playbook from Washington Democrats before: it’s exactly how a trillion-dollar government takeover of health care that Americans strongly opposed became the law of the land.

“An Obama Administration report released last week says that under the new health care law, national health care costs will increase – increase – by $311 billion over the next 10 years. A month ago, they said it would lower costs. Today, they admit it will increase costs. Why didn’t the American people get the real truth before the bill was passed?

“Need another example? Remember how President Obama pledged that his trillion-dollar ‘stimulus’ would create jobs immediately and keep unemployment below eight percent? Well, our economy has lost millions of jobs since then and unemployment is near double-digits nationwide – and above 14 percent here in Michigan.

“The one thing the American people wanted out of the ‘stimulus’ was jobs – it didn’t happen.

“The one thing the American people wanted out of health care reform was lower costs – it didn’t happen.

“The American people want financial reforms that end the bailouts, don’t kill jobs, and address the root causes of the financial crisis. But do you think we can trust Washington to deliver?

“The House passed a bill that makes the bailouts permanent, and the Senate bill kills jobs, hurts small businesses on Main Street, and does nothing to address the government mortgage companies that caused the meltdown by giving too many high-risk loans to people who couldn’t afford it.

“Republicans are standing with the American people and the people of Michigan by fighting for an end to permanent bailouts, ending wasteful Washington spending, and proposing a plan that would address the root causes of the financial crisis. We are standing for real solutions.

“Today’s graduates at the University of Michigan are looking for the economic freedom and opportunity of every previous American generation. Let’s give it to them.

“Thanks for listening.”

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  1. Captain Crunch

    Remarks of Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Michigan
    Weekly Republican Address
    May 1, 2010


    Sounds like nothing but Republican "why aren't we in charge" whining. If you have such good ideas, get in there an NEGOTIATE with those in power.

    Hoekstra's a jerk; he probably won't even win his race for gouvenor in Michigan!

    The Republican's have not proposed much of anything, other than raising the use of "NO" to stratospheric heights!

    Stop whining...start working....

    PS: No one was listening

    May 1, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. Republicans is smart in the head area

    Wow, more of the same from the party of No. Who would have thought?

    Let's conveniently ignore the fact that the stock market is up, jobs are returning, consumer confidence and spending are up, and taxes are down for the vast majority of Americans. Instead we'll bring up the bugbear of illegal immigration and one small portion of the finance reform bill, which we will oppose even though the Dems have signaled their openness to incorporating Rep ideas – just like the health care reform bill.

    Enough is enough indeed – of the Republicans continually trying to bring this country down.

    May 1, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. Paul

    "Bail out bill?" That is completely untrue but a great "talking point."

    I didn't see a single solution other than the usual negativity.

    May 1, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. Go USA!

    Enough is enough? The GOP has done nothing for 18 months! Th ePresdeint bent over backwords to try and work with the GOP. And what did they do? Nothing. The American people have had enough of the GOP's lies, misinformation, and lack of cooperation. Stay the course America things are getting better every day! Don't let the GOP fool you! Vote Democrat this fall...

    May 1, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. Phil

    Sorry, GOP'ers. It's not your call. When it WAS your call, you guys eff'd it up. Big-time. Now you got to sit down while competent people deal with the messes you left behind. That's how it works. Get used to it.

    May 1, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  6. ChrisC

    Anyone who refers to wall street reform as a "bailout bill" can immediately be dismissed as a liar. Simple as that.

    May 1, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. John

    NO, not by a long shot is enough already. We have had 30 years of right tilting republican policies and look at what we have; the demise of the middle class, war for oil, oil spill disasters, run away deregulated bankers run amok, and the Country's infrastructure in near collapse.

    No Representative Pete Hoekstra , we have had enough of the republican obstruction and greed.

    May 1, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. Ruty

    This man needs to go back to Michigan with Bachman. These people are living in the middle ages. Hey stupid, this is 2010–catch up with the times. I know people from Michigan and they are not that stupid. Yes I agree we need NOT to bail out banks but bailing out the auto industry has proven to be a good thing. They have paid their debts back with interest and paid them back early. The health care bill is long overdue. People are dying every day because they have no health insurance. Have you even read the bill?

    May 1, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. John in Tampa

    "That's why Republicans have proposed smart, common-sense solutions to create jobs, reduce spending, and clear the way for American opportunity and ingenuity to lead us to a better future."

    Huhhh? Name 2 proposals, I must have missed them. All I hear is NO to the many Dem proposals.

    May 1, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. Annie, Atlanta

    Enough is enough? This guy is an idiot. Fixing what is broken (mostly because of him and his party) shouldn't be done? Seriously? If it doesn't benefit him or his party (financially, usually), it shouldn't be done. This is priceless.

    May 1, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. John

    Bye the way, who the heck in Michigan actually votes for this dummy? Do the people in Michigan like the direction that Bush and the republicans were taking that state?

    May 1, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. Steve Laurence

    And were his constituents better off a year and a half ago than they were 4 years ago?

    May 1, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. Mike

    These GOPers are just disgusting. After 8 failed years of Republican politics which nearly sank our country under Bush, they keep spewing the usual lines. My advise to GOPers if they want to win my independent vote again is to act on behalf of the people and not on behalf of big business.

    May 1, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. Bob

    At least the DEMOCRATS are doing SOMETHING . The self-serving republicans don't give a **** about the people that voted for them. The republicans only serve BIG BUSINESS interests as evidenced by the attempted blocking of the financial reform debate, attempted blocking of the insurance regulations...ect. The Democrats in congress now may not be the brightest bulbs in the drawer, but again, at least they are doing something instead of sitting around with thier thumb up thier keyster & swapping **** in the shower with BIG BUSINESS. And No, I'm not a Democrat or Republican. I AM AN AMERICAN & it's sad to say, but that's getting to be a minority these days.

    May 1, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  15. Mark

    Enough will be enough when we undo ten + years worth of damage done by the self serving policies of the conservative movement. Many of your fellow clowns were voted out in 2008 for a reason. Now, you think because a 12-15% marginal fringe element is kicking and screaming that we're going to sit home and let you take over again. Think again junior.

    May 1, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. Larry

    The Republican CIRCUS carries on

    Hypocritical bunch of CLOWNS

    The American people NO longer are confused by the Republican rhetoric

    Yet the Republicans are too egotistical to see the trees through the forest

    The Party Of NO .... brains

    May 1, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. lora B.

    Oh please, don't even get me started. Under the republicans, Corporations are basically running American resulting in Capitalism run amuck. The resent oil spill off the gulf is a prime example and who gets blamed? The government of course. We've had 8 years of republican control and they are the ones who got us into this mess so they are definitely not the ones to get us out.

    May 1, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  18. Trebron

    Perfect opportunity to express one positive idea from the Republicans to bring our country forward. Once again - nothing but the same old negative rhetoric.

    May 1, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  19. Liz the First

    Enough is enough working for the American people? enough fixing the mess his party got this country in? enough doing what's right? i say enough is enough when it comes to republican't obstructionism and hatred of the president and everything we elected him to do. we need to send all these anti-American people clowns packing in november and get on with the business of saving this country.

    May 1, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  20. Steve

    Its funny how republicans forget what was our status in 2007 and so on. They forget how they had the government for 8 years with two wars, and surplus that they destroyed. But nope thats all history so all the current problems are obama fault. Right?

    You are right enough is enough, and the election of 2008 said that. So will 2010 and 2012. This country would be insane to elect back republicans that put us in this current situation

    May 1, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  21. CTSadler

    How dare they do what we elected them to do! Haven't they heard about the status quo?!?!

    May 1, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  22. kp

    When was the last time the US had a Republican president with a surplus in the budget?

    May 1, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  23. Death Panel Sarah

    Is anybody else getting TIRED of the "broken record" speeches of the Reptili'con's ?????

    May 1, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  24. SkiDoc

    Thank you, Rep. Hoekstra. Spot on! If Obama and the Dems keep up this onslaught on our country, we are going to see a situation here that will make the current conditions in Greece look tame.


    May 1, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. HD

    This is a 50/50 issue for both Dem/Rep.
    Look at the Country up north (canada); they can not be RICH with clean hand.

    The Canadian Criminal Code written (setted-up) way different from AMERICAN CRIMINAL CODE BOOK. If Wall Street and other punished financial institutions like ENRON, AIG, ETC., WIL OPERATE THEIR BUSINESS BASED IN canada, they will be protected under ONLY THE RICH CAN RUN THE COUNTRY RULE, REGARDLESS OF ANY WRONG DOING WHICH COULD BE INTERPRETED IN DIFFERENT WAY TO PROTECT THE WEALTHY.

    In canada, the Governments are between the RICH and the people(less incomers). Which is under the RICH (Billioners) and over the people (less incomers).

    Remember, how their former very well known Prime Minister Moulroney with the German business Man.

    May 1, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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